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Diana Khoi Nguyen

2017 Discovery / Boston Review

Diana Khoi Nguyen is a multimedia artist and poet whose poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, Boston Review, The Iowa Review and elsewhere. Her debut collection of poems, Ghost Of (2018), for which she won the Omnidawn Open Book Contest, was shortlisted for the National Book Award. Her honors include awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Key West Literary Seminars, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and elsewhere. For more information, visit

The poem and manuscript below were included in the printed program of the 2017 Discovery Winners’ Reading. “A Bird in Chile, and Elsewhere” was first published by Bat City Review.

A Bird in Chile, and Elsewhere

There is no ecologically safe way to mourn. Some plants have nectaries that keep secreting pollen even after the petals have gone. Like a flower that grows only in the invisible the whole world of its body noiselessly shaking against the dust.

From the Winners’ Reading: “A Bird in Chile, and Elsewhere,” by Diana Khoi Nguyen

Watch the 2017 Winners’ Reading.